Conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh passed away from lunch cancer at the age of 70. While we have known this day was coming for about a year now, it is still a sad reality that came far too soon.
Limbaugh was known for creating an era of national political talk radio and was also had the most listened to program in United States history.
He was also a major supporter of freedom and President Donald Trump. He will be greatly missed, and I am sad that he did not get to see Trump win a second term.
Limbaugh's wife, Kathryn, let the world know of his passing on his radio show.
A cultural force with a cumulative weekly radio audience of more than 20 million at his peak, an author of seven books — two of which were New York Times best sellers, and the host of a nationally syndicated TV show, Limbaugh was hailed by Republicans and conservatives and derided by Democrats and liberals.
In 1994, his daily broadcasts trumpeting conservative politics and policies were credited with helping Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years as part of Newt Gingrich's "Republican Revolution." The party gained 54 seats in the House — the biggest change in nearly a half century — and Limbaugh was bestowed with an honorary membership by the incoming freshman congressional GOP caucus.
He was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the 2020 State of the Union Address by President Donald Trump, in which he thanked Limbaugh for "decades of tireless devotion to our country."
A college dropout from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, who was fascinated with radio, Limbaugh began his career as a disc jockey on a suburban Pittsburgh radio station in 1971 and later moved to KQV in the city. He was fired from both after some of his comments were considered controversial and was told by the general manager of KQV that he would never make it as an on-air personality.
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